Departmental Awards


  • Joseph Beatus Student Award for Excellence in Patient-Centered Care


    Description:

    This award is given in honor of Joseph Beatus, PT, PhD. Dr. Beatus was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was an integral part of the program for 30 years, and retired in 2013. The criteria for selection attempts to embody the treatment approach and style demonstrated by Dr. Beatus, who made a lasting impression on his students. For three decades, his philosophy of providing high-quality, effective, patient-centered care has been instilled in all of his students.  It was first awarded in 2014.

    Eligibility:

     3rd year UMES Doctor of Physical Therapy Students who exemplify or demonstrate the characteristics of excellence in patient-centered care listed below:

    Criteria:

    The student strives to provide high-quality, effective, patient-centered care.
    The student strives to determine each patient’s personal goals, needs, and values and incorporates these into the physical therapy plan of care.
    The student strives to establish a relationship with each patient which has a positive impact on the outcome of the patient’s plan of care.
    The student strives to consider the cost effectiveness of patient care, as well as patient satisfaction.
    The student strives to provide creative, holistic, hands-on patient care.

    Selection:

    Nominations may be made by faculty, clinical instructors, or patients. The Award Committee will review the nominations and determine the award recipient. The recipient will be notified of the committee's selection. The Award will be presented in the Department of Physical Therapy following the Founder's Day/Graduation Ceremony in September.

    Deadline:

    August 21

    Recipients:

    2014  Christy McLellan
    2015  Alex Georgiou 
    2016  Alexa Yancey
    2017  Trevor Hirsch



    Raymond L. Blakely Alumnus Award for Leadership and Commitment to the Physical Therapy Profession 


    Description:

    This award is given in honor of Raymond L. Blakely PT, PhD.  Dr. Blakely was founding Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He was an integral part of the program and retired in 2016 after 34 years of persistent dedication, commitment and excellence.  The Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Blakely.  It was through his wisdom, guidance, leadership and perseverance that the UMES Physical Therapy Program advanced from a Bachelor of Science program, to a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program, and to its current Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program within a growth span of eighteen years.  The criteria for selection for this award were designed to embody the impact made by Dr. Blakely’s UMES career. 

    Eligibility: 

    The nominee must be an alumnus of the UMES Physical Therapy Program. 

    Criteria:

    The alumnus chosen exemplifies or demonstrates the following characteristics of leadership and commitment to the physical therapy profession.  The nominee must have: 

    • Sustained and continuous positive leadership contribution over a period of 10 years or more within the physical therapy profession 
    • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the physical therapy profession 
    • Demonstrated a record of mentoring others and the ability to empower others professionally 

    Submission Requirements: 

    1. The nominator must submit a letter recommending the alumnus for the award which focuses on the qualities of the nominee in relation to the award criteria. Anecdotes or specific examples are recommended to substantiate the nomination. 
    2. Two letters of support must be submitted from individuals who can specifically address or more of the criteria for selection. 
    3.  The current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee must also be submitted.   

    All documents must be sent to Ms. Alice Smith at amsmith@umes.edu of the Department of Physical Therapy.

    Selection:

    Nominations may be made by faculty, alumni, co-workers, supervisors, or patients. The Award Committee will review the nominations and determine the award recipient. The recipient will be notified of the committee's selection. The Award will be presented in the Department of Physical Therapy following the Founder's Day/Graduation Ceremony in September.

    Deadline:

    August 15

    Recipients:

    2016  Merthia Haynie, PT, DPT (Class of 2005) and Krystal Lighty, PT, MPT (Class of 1999)
    2017  Amanda Leonard, PT, DScPT, NCS (Class of 2003)